Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Friends of the Environment October E-News

Celebrating 30 years of conservation and environmental education!

It's that time of year when fun FRIENDS events are being planned. Check out our calendar of events in this e-news issue and save the dates. Join us for our annual Abaco science fair, and check out how Abaco students are investigating and implementing ways to reduce singe use plastic. Also this month, Sailor Jane brings "Reggae Night" to Snappa's and the Hope Town Turtle Trot is a great way to prepare for your Thanksgiving feast. Don't miss Combustion Music / Hope Town Music Festival in December, and also plan ahead for early 2019 and make your reservations for Reef Ball. All of these events help share awareness of Abaco's environment and raise funds to support FRIENDS programs. It is the support from all of you that make FRIENDS' programs possible. Thank you and we all look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

Cha Boyce
Executive Director
Friends of the Environment

Education Update 

Bahamas Awareness of Mangroves (BAM)
Students in grades 10 & 11 at Forest Heights Academy (FHA) and Patrick J. Bethel High (PJB) schools continued their success with the BAM program this month. FRIENDS has partnered with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation for the past few years to make this program possible three times a year. Students are able to do hands-on research in the mangrove ecosystems of Abaco and monitor their results over the course of a year. 
We are grateful for this partnership so that our students can get this exposure to scientific research! Thank you especially to Amy Heemsoth from the Living Oceans Foundation, and to the faculty and staff of FHA & PJB for
being so cooperative to make this all possible.

A Red Mangrove partially covered by high tide at Camp Abaco.

Science Fair - November 15th
New Vision Ministries @ 10:00AM-1:00PM
Theme: Investigating and implementing ways to eliminate single-use plastics. We are having fun planning the fair, and looking forward to seeing what the students come up with! Teachers, note that this year projects should include an action component (not just research). 
Our guest speaker will be The Hon. Romauld Ferreira, 
Minister of the Environment & Housing.

The general public is invited to attend!

Kenyon Centre Update

Spay and Neuter Clinic with Abaco Shelter
This month, Abaco Shelter hosted their free spay and neuter clinic at The Kenyon Centre for the Abaco community. 45 animals were spayed or neutered, most of them being females. We are glad to provide a space to make this clinic possible for the animals and their owners in our community. Learn more on their Facebook page here, and look out for updates on the next free clinic in Abaco! 

Upcoming Events: 

Nov. 16th, 8:00PM 

Reggae Night at Snappas with Sailor Jane! 
Enjoy the sounds of light reggae music with Sailor Jane at Snappas' 15th Anniversary party! $10 entry donation in support of FRIENDS.

Sailor Jane Snappas party

Nov. 22nd
Hope Town Turtle Trot at Hope Town Lodge
5k fun run/walk in support of marine conservation and education. Work up an appetite for your Thanksgiving dinner! Get a fun turtle trot t-shirt with each entry. Prizes for top male, female, and junior.

December 7th-9th
Combustion Music Hope Town Music Festival
A memorable three day long celebration of music and giving back to Abaco. Beneficiaries: FRIENDS, Hope Town Volunteer Fire Rescue, and Every Child Counts. Venues include: Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Harbour's Edge, Abaco Inn, and Hope Town Inn and Marina

We are still looking for partners, supporters, and volunteers for these community events. If you are interested in being involved in some way, please contact us!

Community News: 

From rehabilitation to return
"Lamda" is a 10+ yr-old male Atlantic spotted dolphin that was reported to the Bahamas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, run by the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) in distress at Great Stirrup Cay on August 24. He is a known animal observed near Bimini from 2013 to 2018 by both the Dolphin Communication Project and the Wild Dolphin Project. He was rescued from the Berry Islands and rehabilitated at Atlantis before being released off Bimini on 29 October 2018. 
He is adapting well to his former home.

Thank you to our great partners at BMMRO who made this all happen in our community this month. 

(Left) Lamda getting transported to be released on October 29th.
(Right) Lamda in rehabilitation at Atlantis. 

Project Coral

Did You Know? Corals are sensitive animals that have to produce a layer of mucous to protect themselves from disease and other threats. Touching them removes that protective layer and can cause physical damage as well. 

Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for tips on how you can change your routine in simple ways to help coral reefs! Thanks to BEP Foundation for their support of Project Coral.

Abaco's Environment in Photos

Believe it or not, the appearance of our beaches are ever-changing due to the displacement of sand along the coastline. There is a constant flow of sand from the land to the ocean and vice versa, but high wave energies can displace the amount of sand in greater amounts. This phenomenon is a seasonal change, that is usually due to the shift in wave energies throughout different seasons. It can also be caused by storms with high winds and strong wave action.

A spool washed up on an ocean-side beach on Elbow Cay
Photos by Cha Boyce

Friends of the Environment, PO Box AB 20755, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas